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Consulting

We counsel entrepreneurs and companies in all strategic aspects.

It is our vocation to sharpen the view for the present and the future.

Trading

Resources and commodities trading are the mainspring of global economy.

Due to our international focus are we a successful partner in initiation and execution.

Investment

We are entrepreneurs and invest in a number of industries and trades.

Our investments stretch from IT to medical and biotechnology as well as real estate.

Our Philosphy

Strategy without leadership is ineffective. Leadership without strategy is aimless. Only a person knowing its goal can say if he is on the right path.

There exist principles which hold true above and beyond all social spheres, regardless if it is military, politics, economy or culture. Each of these fields has its specific strengths. These strengths can only be explored and put to use if you look beyond your sphere of influence. It is exactly our task to sharpen this vision – regardless if we are consulting constantly or in a project.

Our long lasting experience combines the challenges of strategic thinking and its practical execution. It is a task one needs to confront oneself time and time again to be successful and to stay successful.

Our Services

Strategy & Tactic

To define and visualize strategic goals, it takes a clear view. Regardless whether it is about expansion, exit or finance,

We help to see clearly without neglecting the necessary daily flexibility. Because plans are one thing, execution are quite another.

Merger & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions have always drawn the brightest heads. Nowhere are accounting, finance and strategy as interlocked as in the top discipline M&A. Balance analytics, valuation of a company, capital structure, restructuring – everything is connected. This is the area where our long lasting consulting expertise and legal and fiscal experience shows to its fullest advantage.

Consulting & HR

Behind every companies stand the acting people. Whether entrepreneur or manager, decisive for success are intuition and persistence, discipline and creativity. But sometimes also just a good advice or the right network. And this our strength. Because we know that all depends upon the right people.

Trading & Commodities

Trading, resources, finance: it is an industry which demands a special expertise from customer to supply contacts as well as finance aspects and contractual conditions. We are also counselling in logistic matters and technical execution. Our focus lies on petrochemicals, agriculture & phosphates as well as metals.

Press & Media

Apollo Consulting & Trading AG has been granted by Armastek the Russian Federation based glass fibre reinforcement bar producer exclusive distribution rights for all of its produced products. The exclusive distribution rights cover a vast geographic region including among others 26 EU countries, Switzerland, GCC countries, UEMOA countries, and a selection of Middle East based countries.

Apollo Consulting & Trading AG has finalized with Artixium a leading LED display manufacturer and distributor a JV cooperation. The cooperation is based on increasing the business reach of Artixium’s products through the international business network of Apollo Consulting & Trading AG. Artixium has already among others successfully finalized projects with Heathrow Airport, Kazan Arena, Krakow Arena, La Lido and Johnny Hallyday.

Apollo Consulting & Trading AG acting jointly with its fertilizer branch business partners has managed to secure a multimillion ton off-take agreement for high quality phosphate rock from sub-Saharan producers. The low cadmium content in the contracted phosphate rock will allow for fertilzer producers to meet the most strict levels of the European Commission cadmium content restrictions imposed by the European Parliament in 2017 for fertilizers produced and used on EU soils.

Apollo Consulting & Trading AG is the lead strategy advisor and negotiator on behalf of an international group of investors in a two-digit million British Pound M&A deal of an UK based end-to-end lending platform provider.

Apollo has been also assigned by all interested Parties of the transaction to lead the technical due diligence of the lending platform. The platform is based on a highly sophisticated and multi-integrated algorithm responsible for a more accurate instant credit decision making process.

Apollo Consulting & Trading AG advised Swiss-based biotechnology company Biotensidon International AG in all legal matters concerning the build-up of international production capacity for rhamnolipids (natural surfactants). These activities include drafting the company’s IPO strategy and acting as lead consultancy for setting up strategic joint ventures of a German Biotensidon subsidiary with leading key players in their respective industries, among others with global and European market leaders in animal feed production, in the fertilizer industry and the detergents sector.

Biotensidon has recently achieved a biotechnological breakthrough and is now the first company in the world to be able to mass-produce microorganism-based rhamonlipid bio-surfactants on an industrial scale. Until recently, the global rhamnolipds market was characterized by extremely high prices and too-low-to-matter quantities of rhamnolipids, due to limited mass-production know-how.

Biotensidon’s breakthrough and its current investments in production capacity for 2.000 tons by 2018 will change this situation. As demand for bio-surfactants will soar in the upcoming years, Biotensidon is likely to be instrumental in building the global commercial market for rhamnolipids.

From the beginning of the project, Apollo’s partner Mr. Mark Gössel was part of Biotensidon’s integrated JV team and was involved in drafting appropriate strategies for the multi-million Euro deals and the initial public offering (IPO), which is set to take place at Zurich Stock Exchange in 2017. Providing insight in relevant aspects of corporate and tax law, Mr. Gössel was influential in planning the JVs’ structure. He also led negotiations with Biotensidon’s JV partners and served on the due diligence task force.

Mimran Natural Resources (MNR) is currently in the process of taking over a 45% stake in the Senegalese AFRIG S.A. (former African Investment Group S.A.) which owns some of the most important phosphate and heavy mineral deposits in Senegal.

Since the entrance in August 2013 of Polish listed Grupa Azoty Zakłady Chemiczne "Police" S.A, a subcompany of one of the largest European fertilizer manufacturers Grupa Azoty S.A., AFRIG S.A. has become a strategic part in the company's phosphate rock supply chain, assuring sustainable feedstock deliveries and moreover offering considerable operational cost savings for the Polish manufacturer. According to many press releases made by parent Grupa Azoty Board Members and corporate websites, AFRIG S.A is to enter into the fertilizer manufacturing sector in West Africa by constructing in Senegal the countries second based phosphoric acid plant besides the existing Industries Chimiques du Senegal (I.C.S.) owned by Indorama Corporation.

SOURCE Mimran Natural Resources (MNR)

In a three-digit million Euros deal, involving two phosphate mines and a future phosphoric acid plant in Senegal, Apollo Consulting & Trading AG supported the Mimran Group in strengthening its West African mining activities. The Mimran Group is a leading African industry group, with a strong position in the West African market. It is also one of the biggest employers in Senegal.

Apollo’s partner Mr. Mark Gössel is advising the Mimran Group on M&A strategy and transactions, notably on the acquisition of a 45% stake in AFRIG S.A.. Majority owned by Polish fertilizer giant Grupa Azoty, AFRIG owns important phosphate assets in Senegal. With this deal, Mimram has secured access to over 35 million tons of phosphate rock, thus expanding its role in the West African raw materials market.

Apollo Consulting & Trading AG - as the co-founder and holding company of Swiss based Okotta International AG - is proud to inform that it has successfully completed an equity growth financing round with Japanese based internet giant Rakuten Inc. for the OKOTTA! project. Our InsurTech start-up is aiming to become a one stop solution provider for consumers regarding their insurance coverage.

In a recent pre-bidding evaluation mission, Apollo Consulting & Trading AG supported Casinos Austria in determining the feasibility of operating a casino in Southern Cyprus.

Casinos Austria is one of Europe’s largest casino owners. With strongholds in Central and Eastern Europe, Casinos Austria is seeking to expand its activities into the Mediterranean region. Cyprus could potentially be an interesting investment site. Authorities in the country had prohibited gambling in the wake of the financial crisis but have now changed their view on the matter. The government wants to attract operators who are interested in establishing a world-class casino resort.

In his capacity as Casinos Austria’s long-standing legal advisor, Apollo’s partner Mr. Mark Gössel explored the details of the formal application process and advised on the bidding strategy as well as the financial structure of the partners.

Team

The Apollo Team has a broad professional and international background from all different countries and industries.

The Apollo employees and free-lancers have been working for major consulting groups such as Boston Consulting and Ernst & Young. They have profound experience in industrial players like Airbus, Storz Medical and Rakuten/Japan. Our team members also have a very strong legal and strategic know how from their work for international law firms such as Linklaters, Freshfields and GleissLutz.

But most important to us: most of our team members have been entrepreneurs themselves and all of our team members think like entrepreneurs.

Regardless of whether we counsel in question of strategic positioning, financial aspects, M&A or legal aspects – we will always see the world through the eyes of an entrepreneur.

The Team of Apollo consists of more than 30 persons with nationalities from Sweden to Turkey, from Switzerland to China as well as from Senegal to Germany. We feel at home on every continent. We speak more than ten languages as our mother tongue among which are of course French, English, German, Chinese, Russian, Polish and Turkish.

Our main focus is consulting in the areas of MedTech, Information Technologies, Commodities and Petrochemicals as well as BioTech and M&A/Strategy Consulting.

Contact

Apollo Consulting & Trading AG
Zürich – Stockholm – Hamburg – Breslau – Bratislava

Hauptsitz/Head office:
Alte Landstraße 101
CH-8702 Zollikon, ZH

Tel. +41. 43. 508 64 93
Fax +41. 43. 317 12 07
office@apollo.ag

Verwaltungsrat/Board:
Mark Gössel, LL.M.; Dr. Christian Macht



HR Zürich/Commercial Registry of Zurich
CH-170.3.001.690-0
UID-Nr. CHE-102.858.916